Buying Guide: Camera Lenses
So you’ve found the perfect camera body for you, but now comes the process of deciding which lens is the right option. The camera lens is arguably the most important components in your camera, and so it’s integral that you do your research and buy right.
Purchasing a high-quality camera lens can be seen as a wise investment, as although the technology in your camera’s body will shift more quickly and be replaced more regularly, a quality camera lens will stand the test of time and won’t need to be replaced quite as often as the body itself.
There is no ‘one lens’ that is perfect for all scenarios, be it down to lighting, distance or subject matter. Different situations quite simply require different lenses. Here at DigiBroadcast, you’ll discover a huge range of lenses both new and used from which to choose; our expert team have outlined each lens to ensure that you can be confident you’re buying the right product for your project.
Types of Camera Lens
Standard definition lenses (or SD for short), such as the Panasonic PAN-HHSA12035E pictured, are lauded for their versatility. Thanks to a mid-range focal length, they are preferred for producing natural-looking images, given that the angle of view in 35mm camera lenses is comparable to the angle the human eye can view.
Many SD lenses such as the Panasonic pictured perform fantastically in low light conditions too, such as at night, in conditions where a flash cannot be used such as museums, or for capturing moments where a flash would be deemed intrusive. This makes an SD camera lens a fantastic choice for landscape and portrait shooting, holidays and candid photography.
High definition lenses (also known as HD lenses) provide incredible colour and crisp, high contrast, ideal for when you want to capture all of those important little details.
With a high definition camera lens such as the high-performance Carl Zeiss 1957-507 pictured, you’ll receive a super sharp, high-quality image whether operating with anything from an HDSLR or professional cinema camera. With a HD camera lens, you’ll capture amazing footage in low light environments with an incredible depth of field, giving you the ultimate tool to experiment and express your creativity.
With the addition of a wide angle lens or wide angle adapter, your camera becomes capable of capturing a wider range of the scene at hand. Thanks to the lenses short focal point, they provide an angle of view greater than that of a standard camera lens.
With a wide-angle adapter or wide-angle converter such as the JVC Acm-17 pictured, you’re able to photograph or film footage of cramped home interiors, smaller spaces, landscapes and other such subjects that cannot be framed by a standard camera lens. A fisheye lens is a specialised type of wide-angle lens, with a focal length that varies between 7mm and 16mm, a fisheye camera lens provides extreme variations of wide images, distorting the shape and creating a 180° image.
With the aid of a macro lens, such as the Canon EF 189mm f/3.5L Macro USM telephoto lens pictured, you’re able to get up close to your subject in stunning detail.
This makes the macro lens an ideal means of capturing film footage and photographs of insects, animals, plant life and even the likes of fibres in materials. Thanks to the macro lens’ superior sharpness and image contrast, you’ll enjoy taking incredibly detailed photos of everyday objects.
With a telephoto lens or telephoto lens adapter, such as the impressive Canon 0HD-16TC-XF 1.6X HD Tele-Converter pictured here, you’re able to photograph or film footage at medium to long distances without sacrificing sharpness and quality.
Telephoto lenses are typically used in the filming and photography of sports and wildlife in particular, as their high magnification allows the operator to get close to the action from a safe distance.
Tilt and Shift Lens
A tilt and shift lens, such as the Canon TS-E 90 F2.8 available here at DigiBroadcast, allows you the ultimate in focus control.
With a tilt-shift lens, you are able to alter the image’s perspective, manipulating vanishing points and eliminating both the crossing of parallel lines and image distortion.
It’s for this reason that tilt and shift lenses are widely used with subjects that encounter challenging angles, such as product photography and architectural photography and filming.
As well as a wide range of brand new lenses and used camera lenses, you’ll also find an amazing range of lens accessories designed to enhance your film and photography footage here at DigiBroadcast, including:
- Camera Lens Controllers – With the aid of one of our lens controllers, you are able to control the zoom, focus and iris opening of a motorised photographic lens, making them a popular choice of accessory for shooting subjects while away from the camera, particularly during studio use.
- Follow Focus – Autofocus is rarely employed in professional filming, instead, you’ll find that a follow focus is used more often than not. This allows the camera operator or a dedicated focus puller to tend to the images focus smoothly with a manual operation.
- Lens Hoods & Matte Boxes – With the addition of a lens hood or matte box attached to the end of your camera, you’ll protect your shot from unwanted light, eliminating troublesome glare and lens flare.
With so many lens choices available on the market today, it’s important that you consider the nature of filming and photography you’re going to undertake before purchasing, whether that’s in a professional or recreational environment.
Each camera lens will give you a different end product, so envisage exactly how you want your project to look and pick the right lens for you with the help of our handy buying guide.